pet traveling
Updated 7 months ago

In order to bring your pet to Quebec, you must check the applicable transportation conditions with the airline company you will be flying with. These conditions will be different according to its race, its weight, its size and the cage you will bring it in. If the airline company does not offer special prices for pets, the price will be calculated on the same basis as excess luggage.

There is no quarantine period for dogs and cats coming to Canada. However, you must provide a proof of vaccination against rabies or a certificate from your vet proving your pet does not have rabies. If you bring a dog, you must also bring its up-to-date vaccination card.

For other kinds of pets like rodents, rabbits, birds, etc., the requirement will vary according to the race. Your pet may have to stay in quarantine and an import certificate may be required. You can check online the requirements for your pet on the automated system offered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.

During the trip, your pet must keep an empty stomach. When you arrive at the customs, the Canada Border Services Agency can send any pet to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for a secondary inspection before entering Canada. The price for the inspection is 30 CAD for the first pet and 5 CAD for any additional pet.

 Good to know:

Importing animal food into Canada is forbidden unless the food comes from the USA.

Authorized pets in Quebec

As part of the national program for animal well-being, the CFIA is in charge of establishing requirements related to the import of animals in Canada, including pets and animal products. These requirements apply to animals coming permanently to Canada, animals in transit and animals coming temporarily to the country.

The agency reserves the right to refuse any animal at the border. You can check the CFIA website to get a list of all authorized animals.

Some races of dogs categorized as "dangerous" like pit bulls and American terriers are forbidden in some cities. In April 2017, the government of Quebec was reviewing a draft bill to forbid certain races of dogs in the whole province. Double-check the regulation in the city where you will stay.

Regulations to follow in Quebec

As a pet owner, you will be required to follow some regulations after settling down in Quebec. You are responsible for the necessary cares and you must make sure its presence does not alter your neighbours' quality of life. You are allowed to keep up to three dogs or three cats on your property.

In general, pet owners must register their pets in the city where they live. The number of pets per house may also be regulated. You may be required to apply for a permit or to hang a medal on your pet. You can check with the Animal Protection Society in Quebec or at the city hall. If you lose or damage the medal, you will have to pay 15 CAD to get a new one.

If you are the owner of a pet, you must remove its excrement quickly from public and private places, prevent it from straying and holding it with a leash in public places. You must also remember that pets are forbidden in certain public places.

Regarding other kinds of pets like fish, small mammals, birds or even non-poisonous reptiles – unless it belongs to a species forbidden in Quebec – you can keep it if you do the necessary to take care of them responsibly.

 Good to know:

If you lost your pet or if you find a stray pet or if you witness a pet that is hurt or abused, you can contact the Animal Protection Society of Quebec. It is highly discouraged to abandon a pet, whatever your reason may be.

The APS of Quebec will take care of stray or abandoned pets and will find a new home for them. You can also lodge a complaint against a pet, for example for excessive barking, for an accumulation of excrement, for a pet on your property or for a dangerous pet straying around your property.

If you were hurt by a pet or if a pet may seem like a danger to everyone, you can call 911.

In Quebec, pets are forbidden in most of the rented accommodation, especially dogs. When you look for accommodation, check if pets are welcome and inform the owner about your pet when you visit a place.

 Useful links:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
APS of Quebec
APS of Canada

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